On Thursday night (October 13) Lady Gaga tweeted her support for survivors of sexual assault. In her tweets, she applauded the women who have already come forward with their stories and encouraged others to do the same.
The tweets of support came after watching a panel discussion on Anderson Cooper 360. Lady Gaga, who previously has opened up about her own struggles after being raped as a teenager also tried to shine a light on why most survivors of sexual assault have a difficult time reporting their experiences.
Thanku to the panelists @AC360 for explaining why women are coming forward now: because Trumps words @ debate sent abused women into a panic— JOANNE (@ladygaga) October 14, 2016
Check out&trend #WhyWomenDontReport to have a better understanding. For me, it was like re-living it all over again. I applaud these women.— JOANNE (@ladygaga) October 14, 2016
In a TimesTalk panel discussion, Gaga shared:
“I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years. I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It’s something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts.”
The beloved pop star also went on to thank First Lady Michelle Obama for her powerful speech in New Hampshire. FLOTUS spoke passionately against US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s lewd and demeaning comments about women while alluding to the sexual assault allegations brought against him.
BREAKING: First Lady on Trump: This was a powerful individual speaking openly about "sexually predatory behavior." https://t.co/UHJcVKRNiY— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 13, 2016
Also inspired by the words of the First Lady, women from all over the world have taken to Twitter to share their reasons for not reporting their sexual assault incidents with the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport.
Because I was too busy suffocating in shame and fear, and blaming myself for consuming any alcohol that night. #WhyWomenDontReport— Chrissa Hardy (@chrissahardy) October 13, 2016
At 15, I had already been called a slut despite being a virgin. Who would have believed me? #WhyWomenDontReport— Kara Jex (@kara_jex) October 13, 2016
Because my boss told me I was "dressed inappropriately" because I had big breasts, so I was asking to be harrassed. #whywomendontreport— Lea Grover (@bcmgsupermommy) October 14, 2016
Because your own parent doesn't believe you, and your MS coach tells you a boy grabbing your chest is a compliment. #WhyWomenDontReport— Dylan Quinn (@Dylan_Quinn) October 14, 2016
Because society victim blames and shames women into thinking they deserved it. #WhyWomenDontReport— Dara Adeeyo (@DAdeeyo) October 13, 2016
In moments like these we are reminded how important it is to stick together. We’re sending endless love and support to all our sisters. We are with you and #WeAreWithHer.
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